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H.R. 4742: Protecting American Lungs Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should e-cigarettes be taxed at the same rate as traditional cigarettes?

Context

In recent years, vaping and e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in popularity, particularly among young people — reversing what had previously been a decades-long decline in youth smoking rates. 27% of high school seniors, 22% of high school sophomores, and 21% of college students have reported vaping in the previous month.

To combat this, more states are taxing the products. 17 states plus the District of Columbia now have taxes specifically on vaping products, with a full half of those states implementing those taxes in 2019.

What the bill does

The Protecting American Lungs Act would tax vaping products, such as vape pens or e-cigarettes, at the same federal tax rate as traditional cigarettes.

It was introduced in the House on ...

Sponsor and status

Thomas Suozzi

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Introduced
Oct 18, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Ordered Reported on Oct 23, 2019

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on October 23, 2019.

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Suozzis Bipartisan Vaping Bill to Advance through Ways and Means
    — Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY3] (Sponsor) on Oct 21, 2019

Larson Votes for Legislation to Address Youth Vaping
    — Rep. John Larson [D-CT1] on Oct 23, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates new spending due to H.R. 4742 will be negligible.
R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates new spending due to H.R. 4742 will be negligible.

History

Oct 18, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Oct 23, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Feb 21, 2020
 
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

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Passed House

 
Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

H.R. 4742 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4742. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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